By John Sharpe
John is a retired mechanic who spends quite a lot of his time running and restoring real cars and who has a love of Saabs and Jaguars. Running a Saab and a Citroen Ambulance and having an E Type awaiting restoration. After an email discussion with the editor about the relative accuracy of Atlas, Norev, and Atlas Tintin models he decided to have a go at turning the Tintin car pictured below into a standard saloon.
Little did I know when I set out on this conversion that it would turn out to be so problematic. I painted and polished and it looked lovely, but then the troubles started. When I tried to apply the centre bonnet line it bled through the masking tape, so I finished up re-spraying the bonnet. Then to cap it all the new masking tape that I was using round the windows pulled off most of the window silver surround I had painted so I had to do it all again without masking. After that all I had to do was to touch in around the roof with the colour used.
When I looked at the Tintin models interior I found that the build quality was atrocious The seats had been glued down askew and epoxy glue had been used as if it was going out of fashion!
Although you can’t see it in the pictures I got carried away with the interior two tone seats, wooden door capping, dashboard and steering wheel and the final touch, a privacy partition, The seats were covered in a plastic tissue type of material the lighter colour first, then the darker panels spaced to look like duo tone seats.
Editors tip – I find that standing the model on its end well supported is necessary to get front lights to set symmetrically when using Krystal Klear and I think that the same technique would work gluing on jewels with white glue.
I managed to find some self adhesive clear jewels for the front lamps of varying sizes, but they keep slipping down.This is my first foray into customising any model this small. On any future ones I may leave the window frames unpainted as trying to emulate Oxford or MInichamps is difficult.
Comparing the converted model with the Atlas Mark 10 shown above it rides lower but I think that helps it has more presence. And with the square axles fitted to the Tintin Jaguar it won’t roll off the shelf!
Anyway here is my first attempt at making a small conversion. It nearly went in the bin twice, but I kept persevering, I may even buy another and try again!
Editor: We would like to thank John for sharing the story of his conversion and encourage other readers to do the same.
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